Hemlock Queen Sized Bed

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Project by brownmd posted 02-02-2011 08:59 PM 2654 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is the bed I finally finished after a bit over a year. I built it in the corner of my bedroom, using almost exclusively hand tools (though I did end up using a circular saw to cut the plywood). It was a lot of fun, made a huge mess of the apartment, cost more and took a lot longer than expected. But in the end, I’m pretty happy with the results.

It’s pretty sturdy, with 4 inch posts, two inch thick rails with 3/4” plywood panels. No box spring, just wooden slats for support. It’s all mortise and tenons cut by hand, and the grooves for the panels cut with a wooden plough plane. It’s built from clear hemlock, with birch plywood for the panels. Finishing involved smoothing it up with my newly acquired Stanley #4, followed by a couple coats of Charles Neil’s new (well, when I got it it was pretty new) blotch control prestain conditioner. Stained with General Finishes Cinnamon stain (water based). Finally covered with a few coats of GF satin poly.

My wife is very happy with it, but possibly even happier to have her bedroom back. Now for some nightstands…. ;-)

I’ve got a few in progress pictures somewhere, I’ll try and find them and post them.

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 12:07 AM

Nice looking bed.

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 12:50 AM

Looks good. What did you think of the conditioner?

-- Marc

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 03:46 AM

Looks great. Let me get this straight… you built the bed in your bedroom????

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 07:33 AM

Marc – I was actually incredibly impressed with the conditioner. It came out much better than I had hoped for. I’ll try and put some pictures up of the bed in the daylight, but it really is impressive how even the color came out. The sample boards I did without the conditioner had serious blotch issues, and almost none with the conditioner. I’ve already ordered another can, just to have on hand for whatever project comes next.

Bvdon – yup. Actually, my bench was right about where the first picture was taken from. Well, if you call a Workmate with a slab of MDF on it a bench, that is. See, I live in a small one bedroom apartment (the bedroom itself is actually good sized though, hence my choice of location for my “workshop”) For some parts, I’d take the bench outside for a bit, like for using the circ saw to cut plywood; but for the most part the entire thing was built, and finished in my apartment.

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 01:30 PM

man this turned out great…finish looks good…how do i get my hands on the conditioner

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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